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jerryh3 10-17-2008 06:55 AM

Whole house humidifier
 
Has anyone here installed a self-contained whole house humidifier? I'm looking between the Aprilaire 360 and the Fedders/Trion 707u. I'm leaning towards the 707u because it only requires a cold water supply and no drain while the 360 needs a hot water supply and a drain. Just looking for opinions if anyone has used either (or a similar type unit).

dac122 10-17-2008 08:23 AM

What climate are you using this for? All seasons or just winter?

jerryh3 10-17-2008 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by dac122 (Post 173246)
What climate are you using this for? All seasons or just winter?

The Aprilaire is an evaporative system so it uses a hot water supply. It has a 6 gph flow rate, so it cold go through a lot of hot water. The Fedders is an atomizer so it only needs cold water. These are both freestanding/through the wall systems. I have hot water baseboard heat so I'm limited on the systems that are out there. These are the only two I have found.

handy man88 10-17-2008 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by jerryh3 (Post 173209)
Has anyone here installed a self-contained whole house humidifier? I'm looking between the Aprilaire 360 and the Fedders/Trion 707u. I'm leaning towards the 707u because it only requires a cold water supply and no drain while the 360 needs a hot water supply and a drain. Just looking for opinions if anyone has used either (or a similar type unit).

You might want to reconsider the Fedders model, not because it's not a good product, but because Fedders recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

I know because I have a portable humidifier made by Fedders that needs repair and they're not honoring warranties until/unless they get their act together.

jerryh3 10-17-2008 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by handy man88 (Post 173273)
You might want to reconsider the Fedders model, not because it's not a good product, but because Fedders recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

I know because I have a portable humidifier made by Fedders that needs repair and they're not honoring warranties until/unless they get their act together.

I saw that. That goes in negative column for the Fedders.

hvaclover 10-17-2008 03:58 PM

HEY GUYS!

An atomizing humidifier? Sure they work for a while.

But those of you who have them vs. those of you who sell them and install them, why don't you describe the maintenance requirements to us?

jerryh3 10-17-2008 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by hvaclover (Post 173363)
HEY GUYS!

An atomizing humidifier? Sure they work for a while.

But those of you who have them vs. those of you who sell them and install them, why don't you describe the maintenance requirements to us?

You mean the scale, algae, and slime buildup? That's why I was hoping to hear from some people that have actually used them. The installation instructions say to install a good pre-filter, but I wanted to hear real word experiences with either type of system.

hvaclover 10-17-2008 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by jerryh3 (Post 173367)
You mean the scale, algae, and slime buildup? That's why I was hoping to hear from some people that have actually used them. The installation instructions say to install a good pre-filter, but I wanted to hear real word experiences with either type of system.


Stick with a good bypass drain type humidifier.

jerryh3 10-17-2008 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by hvaclover (Post 173369)
Stick with a good bypass drain type humidifier.

Yeah, I know. But that requires a bigger hole in the wall, a hot water supply, and a drain. Plus, it's $90 more. But, you get what you pay for.

hvaclover 10-17-2008 04:34 PM

There's steam too.

jerryh3 10-17-2008 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by hvaclover (Post 173371)
There's steam too.

I haven't seen any stand-alone steam units. That would be my first choice.

beenthere 10-17-2008 05:01 PM

Unless your house is real drafty, the Aprilaire shouldn't be running too much.

Might want to see if you can lower your air infiltration more. That will decrease the amount of moisture the humidifier has to add to the house.

jerryh3 10-17-2008 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 173378)
Unless your house is real drafty, the Aprilaire shouldn't be running too much.

Might want to see if you can lower your air infiltration more. That will decrease the amount of moisture the humidifier has to add to the house.

I've tightened the house up as much as I could. All new windows and new door seals. But, it is an old house so it's still a little "drafty."

jerryh3 10-19-2008 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by dac122 (Post 173246)
What climate are you using this for? All seasons or just winter?

Just using it for winter.

Winchester 10-20-2008 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by jerryh3 (Post 173380)
I've tightened the house up as much as I could. All new windows and new door seals.

More than likely there is much more that could be done to tighten up your house.


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